§ Mr. JARRETT
asked the Secretary of State for Air what is the total number of non-service staff, male and female, respectively, still retained in his Department; what are the reasons in each case for such retention; and whether, in view of the large number of ex-service men now unemployed and on the pool of the Joint Substitution Board, he will take steps to effect further substitution?
§ Sir S. HOARE:
The non-service members of the temporary staff of the Air Ministry, exclusive of those under notice of discharge, are: men 21, women 77. Except in two cases in which the qualifications are of a special nature, the Joint Substitution Board is endeavouring to find ex-service substitutes for the non-service men, while as regards the women, all hut two (who are employed on draughtsmanship and will be replaced by qualified male substitutes when available) are employed upon work, chiefly typing, of a nature specially suitable for women.